Application Procedure

In 2015, the Virginia Commission for the Arts revised the Teaching Artist Handbook, application, and review procedures for the Teaching Artist Roster.  Interested Teaching Artists are encouraged to download the Teaching Artist Handbook and application reviewing deadline dates, documentation requirements, and evaluation criteria. The purpose of the VCA Teaching Artist Roster is to identify and promote highly qualified and experienced teaching artists who are able to engage and instruct diverse populations.

Residencies can vary in length from a single day to an entire school year.   The Commission does not set daily rates for artists; however, the agency suggests a contracted rate of at least $125 per day.  Fees are negotiated directly between the teaching artist and the residency sponsors.  The Commission does not serve as a booking agent for the artist.

Eligible Applicants

A Teaching Artist applicant must be:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of applying;
  • a resident of Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and/or the District of Columbia;
  • a professional artist with expertise in one or more arts disciplines;
  • skilled in working with children, youth, teachers, adults, seniors, veterans, and/or other populations;
  • committed to differentiated instruction and effective teaching methods to reach all learners.



Applications for the Teaching Artist Roster will be accepted twice a year during two cycle deadlines.  The next round of application will be completed via our new online grants management system.  The next deadline for application review will be October 16, 2017 (Extended for 2017) – Cycle A or April 2, 2018 – Cycle B. 

Review Process

Applications and the supporting materials will be reviewed by the Commission’s Artist Roster panel comprised of artists and educators representative of different disciplines.  The panel will review and evaluate each application on:  overall application quality, artistic practice, instructional aptitude, curriculum and lesson planning, and program delivery.  An evaluation rubric is provided for reference at the end of the application and the Teaching Artist Handbook.   The Commission board makes the final decisions on those teaching artists included in the roster.


  • Applications for October 16, 2017 (Extended for 2017) will be submitted via our new online grants management system


For any questions about the Teaching Artist Roster contact:
Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts


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